Northfield's Brynn Hostettler was named 2021 Minnesota Ms. Softball at an awards banquet in June. Photo courtesy of Breakdown Sports Media
Northfield's Brynn Hostettler won the annual Play Ball! Minnesota Ms. Softball award in June, being selected from a group of seven finalists. The Minnesota All Sports Alliance (formerly the Minnesota Minute Men) held a banquet on June 20 at Target Field to announce the award winner for both Ms. Softball and Mr. Baseball.
The award is given to the player who is considered the top senior in the state. Ms. Softball voters, including high school and college coaches, consider character and athletic attributes from the season in determining the winner of the award
Brynn Hostettler (right) and 2021 Minnesota Mr. Baseball Noah Bush received the awards from the Minnesota All Sports Alliance at a June banquet. Photo courtesy of the Minnesota All Sports Alliance
Hostettler, a senior this past season, led Northfield in the pitching circle in 2021. She put together and impressive campaign that featured 18 wins with just four losses. Add a 0.71 ERA and 284 strikeouts to her 14 shutouts and her season was one of the best among the state's pitchers.
She was sixth in the state in wins, eighth in ERA and second in strikeouts through the regular season.
Hostettler's sophomore season in 2019 showed flashes of what she was going to be in 2021. She had 267 strikeouts and a 0.81 ERA that season. She also starred in the postseason, as she had a major impact in the circle to earn the Raiders the Class 3A state title in 2019.
The Minnesota commit is now in the company of a few former and present Gophers as well, including past Ms. Softball winners Erika Rozell in 2014, Katelyn Kemmetmueller in 2016 and Emily Hanson in 2018.
Jackson County Central's Shelly Hotzler (right) was honored with the Bob Mertz Softball Coaches Award for 2021. Photo courtesy of MASA
The finalists for the Ms. Softball award included Allison Benning (Stillwater), Megan Erickson (Randolph), Morgyn Otte (Randolph), Ellie Sather (Rockford), Avery Steffen (Zumbrota-Mazeppa) and Annie Volkers (Elk River).
Jackson County Central's Shelly Hotzler took home the Bob Mertz Softball Coaches Award for 2021.